Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51 - Air transport

1,000 - 1,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 August 2009
Employment effect (start)
31 August 2009
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


The Scandinavian Airline company SAS, jointly owned by the states of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, announced 12 August 2009 that due to SAS's ongoing crisis, its staff will be reduced by 1,000-1,500 employees. It is not yet known which groups of personnel will be affected by this job reduction, nor is it known how many persons the reductions will involve from each country. At the same time the management of SAS proposes a wage decrease of 10-20% - a proposal the employees' trade unions so far have refused. The layoff is part of a new cost reducing program to generate sustainable competitiveness. According to the press release SAS will have to save 2 billion SEK (195 million EUR).


  • 12 August 2009: BBC Website
  • 12 August 2009: 3F.DK


Eurofound (2009), Scandinavian Airlines System International (SAS), Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 69465, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69465.